The Poets and Their Critics: Chaucer to Collins, by Hugh Sykes Davies
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The Poets and Their Critics is a survey of poetry criticism, covering poetry from the time of Geoffrey Chaucer (c 1340 – 1400) to William Collins (1721 – 1759).
Poems by Edmund Spenser, John Donne, John Milton and Alexander Pope are among those that come under the spotlight.
The excerpts from critics have been chosen as examples of well-written, interesting criticism, rather than simply for the opinions they put forward. The critics include Donne’s biographer Izaak Walton, Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, John Ruskin, Lytton Strachey and T. S. Eliot.
Hugh Sykes Davies (1909–1984) was an English poet and novelist.